Water Authority to Strike

Water Authority workers will begin a strike on Wednesday, ignoring permit requests and halting the measurement of the Kinneret.

Malkah Fleisher, | updated: 21:14

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Water Authority workers will begin a strike on Wednesday, after encountering what they say was foot-dragging in negotiations with their management and the Finance Ministry. 

Water Authority workers say the management has been making unilateral changes while ignoring the demands of the workers.

The Authority will halt al services to the public during the strike. Water levels in the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) and aquifers will not be measured for the duration and public requests will not be answered, including appeals against the drought tax.

Permits will also not be issued to farmers, kibbutzes (communal settlements), or for water allocation to cities and towns, and the reform in the water and sewage conglomerates will not be advanced.

The strike has been backed by the Tel Aviv section of the National Federation of Civil Servants following the declaration of a labor dispute 10 months ago. The Water Authority employs approximately 220 people.

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